By Lloyd Jones
CONWAY — Ace Tarberry was inducted into the prestigious Wearers of the Green, which is essentially Dartmouth College's athletic hall of fame, during a ceremony on the campus in Hanover on Oct. 29.
Tarberry, a 2011 graduate of Dartmouth, was one of 16 Big Green members honored. He is the son of Joy Tarbell and Joe Berry, who both attended the ceremony along with David Gregory, his former coach on the MWV Ski Team.
"'Wearers' was created in 1984 to honor students, alumni and coaches who have met specific criteria for athletic excellence in their respective sports, including Olympians, All-Americans, national champions, major league professionals and other exceptional forms of recognition," the Wearers of the Green website states. "More than 1,200 members have been inducted over the last three decades.
"Until 2009, new members were inducted every five years at a dinner in Boston," the site continues. "Beginning in 2014, new members are inducted annually during Homecoming weekend in Hanover. The honorees are featured in the Dartmouth Night parade, are recognized on the steps of Dartmouth Hall before the bonfire, are honored on the field at half-time of the Homecoming football game, and are formally inducted at a reception following the game."
According to the website, qualified students and alumni are eligible for induction five years after their class has graduated, while qualified coaches are eligible for induction after they leave the college. Varsity sport qualifiers are inducted in even-numbered years (beginning in 2014), while qualifiers in club sports, masters, and other sports are honored in odd-numbered years (beginning in 2015).
Also inducted were baseball player Nicholas Santomauro, Class of 2010; in basketball, Britney Smith, Class of '11; in cross-country running and track, Harry Norton, '08; in field hockey, Virginia Peisch, '11; in football, Merwin "Swede" Swenson, '23, and Charles Bay, '11; in lacrosse, Ari Sussman, '10, Colleen Olsen, '10, Kathleen Collins, '11, and Shannon MacKenzie, '11; rowing, Alexandra Stein, '06; Emily Dreissigacker, '11; sailing, Rebecca Dellenbaugh, '10; skiing, Nils Koons, '11, and Tarberrry, '11; tennis, Molly Scott, '11; honorary wearers, Fredric Corrigan, '64; and John Lundgren, '73.
Tarberry took part in all of the festivities for the Wearers of the Green, which kicked off with a parade on Oct. 27 followed by a Dartmouth Night celebration.
On Oct. 28, all of the inductees gathered for a meeting with Martha Beatie, vice president for alumni relations, and Harry Sheehy, director of athletics and recreation. The group then attended a VIP reception and was recognized at halftime of the football game against Harvard.
That evening the inductees were enshrined and received their Wearers of the Green pins.
"Ace, Class of 2011," Sheehy, the master of ceremony for the evening, said, during the induction ceremony. "Ace came to Dartmouth from North Conway, where he attended Kennett High School. In three years competing for Dartmouth, Ace skied to 11 top 5 finishes in slalom or giant slalom, including three victories as a junior. Ace qualified as a Wearer (of the Green) when he was named two-time All-American as fifth in 2010, finishing fifth at the NCAA Championships in slalom and second in the giant slalom. He then enhances his Wearers credentials when he skied to the U.S. Ski Team in 2011 and 2012, ranking in the world's top 100 in giant slalom and Super G.
"Ace worked for several years in real estate development and the last two years he has been a deckhand, mate and first-mate on a private sailing outfit and his home port is Boston. Please join me in recognizing Ace as a Wearer of the Green."